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Onalaska state rep. Doyle "optimistically cautious" about Foxconn to Wisconsin

Thursday, 27 July 2017
Onalaska state rep. Doyle "optimistically cautious" about Foxconn to Wisconsin

Gov. Walker said state would offer $3 billion in incentives, along with tax exemptions. 

Amazon and Foxconn reflect a growing trend: Deliver it now

Thursday, 27 July 2017
Amazon and Foxconn reflect a growing trend: Deliver it now

Foxconn could receive up to $3 billion in incentives over 15 years from Wisconsin. 

La Crosse County suffers second-most amount of damage from storms

Thursday, 27 July 2017
La Crosse County suffers second-most amount of damage from storms

State suffered nearly $14 million in public property damage. 

Trump announces $10 billion Foxconn plant in Wisconsin

Thursday, 27 July 2017
Trump announces $10 billion Foxconn plant in Wisconsin

Plant will produce LCD that are used in televisions and computer screens. 

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In Madison today, a hearing on legislation that has suddenly become much more likely to pass.  It's a bill that would ban experiments using post-abortion fetal tissue.  Lead sponsor of the legislation, republican state rep Andre Jacque, acknowledges his efforts stand better chances now on the heels of several sting videos of the Planned Parenthood organization.  Jacques says the images are more compelling than simply the words in a piece of legislation. 

 

Jacque calls Wisconsin the wild west when it comes to fetal remains because no state laws currently determine what can or can't be done with fetal tissue.   

Meanwhile, researchers warn that medical breakthroughs for diseases like Parkinson's and Lou Gehrig's may be hampered if the bill passes.  

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Want to make the north entrance into La Crosse a little nicer?  Landlord Rick Hamilton says forget funding a study to improve the DOT's plans for Rose Street.  Fix the northside's floodplain issues instead. 
 
Don't even need a new study to accomplish that, says Hamilton.  He tells us there's already one that's been on the shelf since 1988 when it was completed by the Army Corps of Engineers.  Take it off the shelf, he says, dust it off, do some updates and get to work getting homes out of the floodplain.  
 
 Hamilton is highly critical of the city proposal to fund a redesign plan for Rose street that will cost $250 thousand, but the DOT could reject anyway.  The full city council votes on that proposal Thursday night.  

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Tuesday - August 11, 2015 12:00 am

Crossings to close for BNSF track work

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Burlington Northern track work will shut down a couple of rail crossings in La Crosse this week, starting with one today.  City hall says The Cass Street crossing will shut down today while crews install a second set of tracks.  The city says the work should be done by tomorrow night.   Burlington Northern moves on to the Main Street crossing on Thursday.  That should be done by Friday.  The company apparently is ahead of schedule in stretching a second set of tracks to its northside yard.  

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Tuesday - August 11, 2015 12:00 am

Houston murder has roots in La Crosse

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A horrific murder in Houston, Texas has some back story in La Crosse.  48 year-old David Conley is the man accused of killing eight people in a home in Houston on Saturday after breaking in.  The victims include Valerie and Dwayne Jackson and six of their kids.  They say Conley broke into the home through a window, handcuffed all eight victims and then shot them in the back of the head.  Seven years ago,  Valerie Jackson sought protection from the courts in La Crosse to keep the often violent Conley away from her. It was shortly after that Conley and Valerie Jackson were in court in a paternity suit in La Crosse.  Reports say Conley broke into the Houston home this weekend after Valerie Jackson changed the locks on the doors.  

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Monday - August 10, 2015 12:00 am

Doyle swearing in today

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She's had four months since the election to prepare for her new job. Today, Gloria Doyle will be sworn in as the next judge for Branch 5 of La Crosse County circuit court. Doyle won a three-way contest to succeed retired judge Dale Pasell. Candice Tlustosch served as Branch 5 judge for the last five months, until the end of July. Doyle worked as the county's family court commissioner for many years before winning the judge race. Her inauguration is set for 3 pm.

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Monday - August 10, 2015 12:00 am

Changes apparent to Onalaska schools in two big projects

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A major remodel at Northern Hills Elementary as well as a renovation and addition at Irving Pertzsch Elementary, both in Onalaska, are moving along.
 
Soon enough, says Fran Finco with Onalaska Schools, Northern Hills Elementary will most likely look very different. And employees are liking what they are seeing.  He says teachers are excited by the design which creates school neighborhoods which creates some efficiencies and provides room for teachers to work with students in the classrooms and hallways, too. 
 
Irving Pertzsch is adding on a new, bigger gymnasium and converting the current gym into three new classrooms. These projects are the result of the $16 million referendum Onalaska voters passed in February. Both projects are still ongoing even as the new school year creeps closer.

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Monday - August 10, 2015 12:00 am

La Crosse man hit by car, dies on vacation

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A La Crosse man vacationing with friends in Florida has been struck and killed by a large SUV.  24 year-old Michael "Mike" Gunderson was hit early Sunday morning while he and friends were walking along a beach, according to a Jackonsville television station.  The report says Gunderson died on the scene when a Ford Expedition suddenly accelerated, jumped a curb, hit Gunderson, a tree, a car and a trolley bus before stopping.  Police are still investigating and may charge the driver.  Apparently, the group was planning on returning to Wisconsin later that day.  

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Monday - August 10, 2015 12:00 am

Parents grateful VA owned mistakes in son's death

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The parents of a veteran who died last year at the Tomah VA are grateful that the hospital has owned up to mistakes in their son's care. Jason Simcakoski died from a combination of drugs prescribed for him by doctors. Jason's father, Marv Simcakoski, says his family would not want the hospital to shut down. An investigation says Jason had taken more than 50 doses of drugs in the 72 hours before he died. The interim director at Tomah, John Rohrer, says improvements in procedures at Tomah are scheduled to be completed by January.

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Monday - August 10, 2015 12:00 am

Parents grateful VA owned mistakes in son's death

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The parents of a veteran who died last year at the Tomah VA are grateful that the hospital has owned up to mistakes in their son's care. Jason Simcakoski died from a combination of drugs prescribed for him by doctors. Jason's father, Marv Simcakoski, says his family would not want the hospital to shut down. An investigation says Jason had taken more than 50 doses of drugs in the 72 hours before he died. The interim director at Tomah, John Rohrer, says improvements in procedures at Tomah are scheduled to be completed by January.

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Monday - August 10, 2015 12:00 am

Grant helps to spread the word about bike fest

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Labor Day is just four weeks away. That fact may not make you happy, but lots of bicycle riders are looking forward to spending that holiday in La Crosse. Jeremiah Burish is an organizer of La Crosse's Labor Day weekend bike festival. He says they're getting applications from several distant places, like Colorado and Canada. Burish says an 11-thousand dollar grant from the state tourism office is a 'great asset' in spreading the word about the local bike festival.

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Higher income limits for voucher school students a bad idea

21 July 2017

The state of Wisconsin doesn't have an unlimited amount of money to spend. We see that with the billion dollar hole in the state's transportation budget our lawmakers can't fire...

How far along was the interstate...52 years ago?

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

In the summer of 1965, Wisconsin lawmakers were working on ways to fund highway projects through bonds, instead of having to impose user fees. Interstate 90 was still a few...

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